When Joe Webster set out to open an outdoor barbecue restaurant on his Washougal property, he thought he had everything ready to go.
After all, Webster had the land. He had the equipment, employees, food supply chains and a devoted customer base.
The only thing he needed was permission from the city of Washougal.
“I’m in a hurry and I’m on hold,” Webster said. “I’ve got so much that I need to do, and I want to just go, go, go. But I got stopped right there. I’ve done everything I can … now it’s time to go in with the wallet.”
Webster wants to open the restaurant, which he plans to call “Wood Yard,” on the site of his current business, Joe’s Stump Grinding and Tractor Work at 740 “E” St.
The city said he will need to pave the entrance to his gravel parking lot, but Webster said that requirement doesn’t make sense.